The (black) Stig was 'killed off' in this episode after his identity became more widely known. The identity of the Stig was confirmed to be Perry McCarthy in his book, 'Flat Out, Flat Broke', which was published in 2003. McCarthy is a former Formula 1 driver and test driver for the Benetton, Arrows and Williams teams. He also tested for BMW F1.
The Identity of the new (white) Stig is still unknown.